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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hamza Kashgari to be released?

This is a quick follow-up to Isaac’s February 13 post about the Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari. Early last month, social networks were ablaze with chatter as the 23-year-old writer’s tweets regarding the Prophet Muhammad were considered extremely insulting and had incensed many in the kingdom. Fearing for his life, Kashgari had fled Saudi Arabia hoping to seek asylum somewhere but was intercepted en route in Malaysia, and deported back to the kingdom.   

According to veteran Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran, Kashgari may be set free in the next few weeks following his repentance in front of his family in a Sharia court in Riyadh.

Read Al Omran’s March 7 post here.    

Read Isaac's original post here    

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